0:00 — GIANTS 0, COWBOYS 0 (key stat: Manning begins the season 7/9 for 72 yards)
2:53 — With the ball on the Giants’ 37, Cowboys go for it on 4th-and-1. Giants stuff RB Lawrence Vickers for no gain and take over on downs. Giants are building the bridge when it comes to fourth down defense after the Falcons failed on three attempts in their playoff game nearly eight months ago to the day.
3:22 — Keith Rivers flushes Romo out of the pocket, rushing the pass. Corey Webster almost grabs an interception, but pass falls incomplete, setting up third down.
10:20 — TE Martellus Bennett gets his first catch against his former team — a 9-yard gain after Victor Cruz’s 26-yard reception from Eli Manning.
11:31 — The first carry of Wilson’s career is a 3-yard gain to the right side.
12:21 — And there you have it: the return game is revealed for the time being. Domenik Hixon back to return first punt.
13:58 — Giants go three-and-out on first offensive series of 2012.
15:00 – GAME DAY CAPTAINS: Chris Snee and Osi Umenyiora along with team captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win toss, elect to receive. Cowboys will defend west goal. *David Wilson back to return for first kickoff.
This week’s game will be the 100th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the series, 56-41-2. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 31-14, on Jan. 1 in Week 17 of the 2011 regular season to win the NFC East title and return to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 80 °F, Wind: WNW 9mph
» 75 Sean Locklear will start at LT in place of 65 Will Beatty
» 55 Keith Rivers will start at LB in place of 59 Michael Boley
» 37 Michael Coe will start at CB in place of 20 Prince Amukamara
» 92 Josh Brent will start at NT in place of 90 Jay Ratliff
Tags: Chris Snee, Corey Webster, David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Keith Rivers, Martellus Bennett, Michael Coe, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard, Sean Locklear, Victor Cruz
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs approach the season opener against Dallas on Sept. 5. But first, the third preseason game vs. Chicago.
LB Mathias Kiwanuka spoke about Keith Rivers’ ability to step into a new defense this year:
“This is not an easy system to pick up but he came in… He dedicated himself. Now what we do out there in preseason, it’s usually very vanilla. Him going through practices and picking up stuff and being moved from one side to the other and being able to just go out there and just his general attitude… add that to his athletic ability; he’s a pretty good linebacker.”
Coming off a victory over the Jets, CB Prince Amukamara preps for his next game:
“I thought my physical play was great. I thought it was pretty aggressive. I didn’t see a lot of action, but I’ll probably see a lot of action this week. There are a couple of things that I can improve on that my coach pointed out to me. I’ve been focusing on that at practice.”
In two weeks, CB Corey Webster will begin his eighth season in the NFL. And who better to kick it off against than the Cowboys?
“It’s nothing you have to get up for. It’s a big rivalry game, Dallas against the Giants. We want to kick the season off the right way, so I think everyone will be up for that challenge. I think the New York Giants will be up for it, I know the Dallas Cowboys will be up for it, and I think it’ll be a good game.”
As he battles a toe injury, CB Jayron Hosley, who had a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown last week, assessed where he is within the system:
“Definitely some improvement from last week to the Jets game. Just knowing where I’m supposed to be. I’m lining up my assignments and techniques got better overall. With making that kind of play, I think that kind of made things a little better. I think it was a pretty good… Not too many plays but I made it count when I got the chance.”
Tags: Corey Webster, Jayron Hosley, Keith Rivers, Mathias Kiwanuka, Prince Amukamara
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